Farmers from the remote tribal pockets of Bhadrachalam Agency gained first-hand knowledge on the utility and operation of various modern farm implements at an exhibition organised by the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) under Yanthra Laxmi scheme in Bhadrachalam on Sunday.

The Tobacco Board grounds, venue of the exhibition, virtually turned into a mini-jatara as the curious farmers predominantly tribal farmers thronged the exhibition from distant places in the Agency. An extensive range of farm implements comprising paddy transplanters, drum seeders, hand and power operated sprayers and brush cutters were kept on display.

Bhadrachalam MLA K Satyavati inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of Pinapaka MLA R Kantha Rao, ITDA Project Officer G Veerapandian and others.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Veerapandian said 1,132 applications had been received from farmers, including 672 tribal farmers, for sanction of agriculture implements on subsidy. While, the non-tribal farmers are eligible for 50 per cent subsidy, the tribal farmers are entitled for 75 per cent subsidy towards purchase of farm implements. The tribal farmers can avail 90 per cent subsidy; he said adding that the procedures for sanction of the farm implements have been simplified as per the directions of Collector Siddharth Jain to enable the tribal farmers obtain the vital tools of their choice expeditiously. He exhorted the tribal farmers to make best use of the Yanthra Laxmi scheme.